International Relations Theories

International Relations Theories : Discipline and Diversity

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Bringing together the most influential scholars in the field, the fourth edition of this best-selling text provides unrivalled coverage of International Relations theories and arguments.

Dunne, Kurki and Smith explore the full spectrum of theoretical perspectives and debates, ranging from the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism, and Marxism to postcolonialism and green theory.

Each chapter is dedicated to a particular theory and features a case study that bridges theory and practice, and shows how theory can be used to explain real-world political dilemmas. Spotlights on key books and articles encourage readers to go beyond the textbook and explore important works in the field, and new case study questions encourage analytical thinking and help readers understand the value of applying theory to concrete political problems.

The text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which provides additional resources for both lecturers and students.

For students:

- Expand your reading with web links organized by chapter that point you to pertinent articles and useful websites.
- Test your understanding of key terms with the flashcard glossary.
- Use our revision guide as a basis for your notes and exam preparation.

For lecturers:

- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations, or as hand-outs in class.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 199 x 247 x 19mm | 659g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0198707568
  • 9780198707561
  • 102,421

Table of contents

Introduction: Diversity and Disciplinarity in International Relations Theory ; 1. International Relations and Social Science ; 2. Classical Realism ; 3. Structural Realism ; 4. Liberalism ; 5. Neoliberalism ; 6. The English School ; 7. Marxism ; 8. Critical Theory ; 9. Constructivism ; 10. Feminism ; 11. Poststructuralism ; 12. Postcolonialism ; 13. Normative International Relations ; 14. Green Theory ; 15. International Relations Theory and Globalization ; 16. Still a Discipline After All These Debates?
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Review Text

The fourth edition surpasses virtually all other introductory texts on the subject, Its extraordinary collection of essays, by some of the most knowledgable scholars of International Relations theory today, clearly shows why theory matters for understanding the world, and why theoretical diversity is an asset rather than a liability Emanuel Adler, University of Toronto
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Top quality contributors provide diverse, accessible and comprehensive coverage across the spectrum of theoretical perspectives and debates, and make this an invaluable resource for students and teachers alike. * Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA * Review from previous edition The best single volume comprehensive introduction to international relations theories that is striking as much for its clarity as for its sophistication. * Amitav Acharya, American University, USA * There can be no better place to start for any student of International Relations than here. This remains the gold-standard textbook on IR theory, packed to bursting with knowledge, insight and fresh perspectives from a group of the most renowned scholars in IR. As an introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of IR theory it can't be beaten * Professor Nicola Phillips, The University of Sheffield * The fourth edition surpasses virtually all other introductory texts on the subject, Its extraordinary collection of essays, by some of the most knowledgable scholars of International Relations theory today, clearly shows why theory matters for understanding the world, and why theoretical diversity is an asset rather than a liability * Emanuel Adler, University of Toronto *
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About Tim Dunne

Tim Dunne is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland.


Milja Kurki is Professor in International Relations Theory at Aberystwyth University.

Sir Steve Smith is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Studies, University of Exeter.
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